What Is CBG and How is it Different From CBD oil?
Chances are that you’re familiar with the wild claims flying around CBD oil. The purported miracle drug is flying off the shelves with an impressive fervor and it’s hard not to start browsing the Google listings to see if CBD could be right for you and all of your own ailments. After all, your father-in-law is using CBD cream for his hip and your friend from high school isn’t even using real cannabis anymore in favor of CBD’s properties. But there’s a newer, more exciting cannabis extract compound that’s arising on the market: CBG.
What is it? What does it do? What does it smell like? Let’s check it out.
The cannabis plant that is pictured on hundreds of pairs of leggings with reckless abandon for styling choices, or the plant’s wishes, is like all plants in that it’s made up of multiple different chemical compounds. All of these, because they’re from the cannabis plant, are called cannabinoids. These chemicals are scanned and processed into the human body through the endocannabinoid system. The little leaf printed on every article of clothing you can buy at a flea market is most well-known for the THC it holds in it’s sticky little leaves. It’s a portion of the plant that the federal U.S. government is just not ok experimenting and testing for other benefits beside the sweet high it gives you. So in it’s stead, we’re not gonna throw out the whole damn plant, we’re going to check out what the rest of the plant has to offer to the FDA’s eternal shagrin.
CBG is known as cannaigerol and is actually being studied for it’s own pharmaceutical properties in the same way CBd is, currently. Though there has not been much in the way of clinical trails at the moment, we’re looking at a horizon full of cannabis acceptance and that’s promising because many of the studies we do have have shown pretty interesting results. Specifically there are some data points that suggest CBG could aid with symptoms of neurodegeneration and cancer, which are some pretty huge hitting diseases that seem much more helpless than they might be with the help of CBG compounds.
The Low-Down On CBG
We don’t know much about CBG for a variety of reasons, one of those being that the substance is actually fairly rare. It’s not found in large quantities anywhere and, thus, there’s rarely enough on hand to really study the effects of the compound. The reality that there’s been a cannabis prohibition for the larger part of this past century doesn’t do much to help us really understand the effects of cannabis in the human body. Which is a shame for a variety of reasons, but especially so when we consider that we know more about what cocaine and heroin do to the human body than we do about a rather harmless plant. What we do know is that CBG is essentially the stem cell of all of the major cannabinoid compounds. It’s the major building block that creates CBD, CBC, and even THC. So, it’s safe to assume that there’s certainly more to it than what appears to be just plant juice.
CBD vs. CBG
While there is some pharmaceutical overlap between these different compounds, there’s more data to suggest that they’re completely different in the way they could treat ailments and what ailments they might treat. CBD and CBG are both non-psychotropic and can’t alter the state of your mind in a fashion that could ever really inhibit average activities. For example, you won’t have issues not being able to drive because you took one of these compounds in a tincture in your morning glass of water. However, there are suggestions that both compounds can potentially address anxiety and depression and so, in some ways, they could affect your mind, they just won’t be impairing you. In fact, there are some studies that suggest CBG could cancel out unwanted effects of THC. Because they interact with CB1 sensors in your endocannabinoid system, they trigure what is essentially a de-psycho-activation, while THC would psycho-active instead.
However, like THC and unlike CBD, CBG has the potential to increase your appetite and could cause you to eat more.
The Maybe Benefits of CBG
Since the FDA hasn’t weighed in on anything involving CBD and CBG yet, there’s only so much we can say about the way CBG and CBD work in your body. But, there are a few purported benefits of using CBD and CBG and there’s things that are being tested to see if they’re affected by these cannabinoid compounds.
The studies show promise but the following “benefits” are considered unfounded as of right now.
Intraocular Pressure and Glaucoma Relief
This particular possibility is the most intriguing to many researchers as it has not be found that CBD has any sort of effect on glaucoma. THC has had some relieving effects with people using medical cannabis for it, but CBG could provide this same relief without producing any intoxicating effects. Obviously, using CBG for glaucoma is a long way off, and before you start trying to self treat you should always speak with your doctor, but presenting the idea can never be a bad thing.
Take Advantage of Antibacterial
There’s a bacteria by the name of methicillin-resistant staphyloccus that is strangely resistant to most antibacterial medications. However, CBG specifically has shown some promising results in killing off the bacteria on it’s own which is impressive.
Colitis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
There has been some evidence recently that CBG could aid by helping lessen the pain of colitis and help with poor appetite and weight loss seen in inflammatory bowel disease.
If you’re interested in conducting your own “at-home” study in regard to the effects of CBD and CBG, you can always grab some CBD to take home. We proudly provide the people of Scottsdale the opportunity to explore the benefits of CBD oil and the CBG within it themselves. Find out what all they hype is about and pursue wellness on a more organic level with CBD oil products now.